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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Peanut Butter Problems

Mangoes have been on sale lately and despite their obvious non-local status, I just can't say no to mangoes. Hence, yesterday's breakfast:


With banana, coconut flakes, flax meal, and ginger. Basically the other morning's smoothie, minus the spinach and pre-blender.
Yesterday's lunch was the salad the night's before dinner was intended to be (how ungrammatical is that sentence?):


kale salad with tomato, red pepper, carrot, sweet potato, and tempeh in hummus dressing.
Dinner was miso soup. It was good, but that's boring. Dessert was another cookie I had baked a while back and found in the fridge: Peanut Butter criss cross cookies, again from VCIYCJ. Although, the dough was a bit crumbly so I didn't want to flatten them too much. Hence, only one fork pat: I guess you could call these peanut butter criss cookies.


Topped with extra peanut butter, they tasted like nutter butters!
The thing is, I don't really like peanut butter. I bought the PB to make these cookies for other people - then I realized I didn't have vanilla extract so I randomly used coffee extract - then I overbaked the cookies etc etc until I basically didn't want to serve these cookies to anyone. They aren't bad so I'm slowly making my way through them and in the meantime also trying to get rid of the rest of the jar of PB.
Breakfast this morning:


Warm oatmeal with pb, banana, rice milk, and cinnamon. With Irish breakfast tea.

                                                          Yuuuummmmmmm, right?
My allergies, or something else, have been acting up lately, though, so I'll probably do some sort of elimination diet soon, targeting soy and corn (G and I have been enjoying late night popcorn recently) and of course no more grosso PB.
Anyway, today will probably be on the busy side: there is another vegan pop up shop at Pine Box Rock Shop (which I may or may not make it to), a zine fest at Public Assembly (totally going), and then tonight, G's band, the Marsh Hens, (yes, he's a drummer as well as a talented cartoonist) is playing a show.

                                                          All my zinesies ready to go.

23 comments:

  1. Oooh the zine fest sounds fun! I started attempting a zine and made the cover and that was about it. Oops lol. Hooray for G's show, that should be fun and I vote for you going tot he pop up shop and showing me all of the fun I'm missing being here on Long Island!

    Your mango bowl looks amazing as does the vibrant kale salad! Your salads always look so good. Miso soup is definitely not boring, I need to start making it actually. So good for you!

    Bummer that the pb cookies didn't work out the way you wanted them to. I bet you could try them with almond butter next time and you won't have to get peanut butter since you don't like it? Your pb and banana oats sound so good. I miss oats I think I should get on that in the near future.

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    1. Haha, that's cool - all good zines start with a cover!
      Yeah, I may sub a different nut butter next time but I just wanted these to be normal and traditional for other people. Now I know better, ha! And YES oats are delicious. I stopped eating them for a while for some reason but they're back!

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  2. ahaha, nice photo! I've also been mangoes lately, despite the fact that they are from Mexico. Mangoes are too damn good! I usually only eat them as a post-run snack to get my blood sugar back up, but they've been sneaking into my breakfasts these past few days.

    I'm also glad to know that I'm not the only person that isn't a big fan of peanut butter! I get shit for that all the time - "how can you not like peanut butter?" "what kind of vegan are you?" etc. But those cookies sound pretty rockin.

    Sorry about your allergies :/ I hope you find whatever it is that's bothering them. I elminated soy from my diet last month, and I feel really great without it (though I didn't eat it much before).

    Have fun at the show, Maud (a talented cartoonist AND a drummer? woo, lucky girl!)

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    1. Yeah, peanut butter needs to step back! Such a lesser nut.
      I didn't think I ate too much soy but now that I'm paying attention to it, I guess I do - or have been recently.

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  3. I, only the other hand have yet to like raw mangoes! I like them in a smoothie or a sorbet. Perhaps I need to have one, directly plucked from the tree, in a tropical location. Yup!

    The good thing about pb is that it keeps well, so you can always leave it on the shelf until you make cookies another time? I'm trying to shake up things in my life, and committing myself to not buy bread or pb (as I usually eat too much of both!).

    Also, I am definitely in a miso soup phrase (I praise your broth suggestion, yet again!) - so I will never be bored with a picture of your miso. :)

    Hope you had a great evening!!

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    1. Oh mango sorbet is so good! Last summer I made frozen banana/mango "ice cream" and was really pleased with it. It's warm enough for it again!

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  4. I love PB! I think everyone's allergies are really bad right now because it hasn't rained at all in our area so all the pollen is just doing serious damage. Hope you feel better!

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    1. Thanks! You're right - it's been pretty dry here too, maybe that's part of it.

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  5. G's band sounds punky and cool...sounds like a fun night out, and a fun day too. Let us know how the zine fest went.

    I love sweet potato in salad...another stellar looking bowl of greens there!

    I like the nutter butter idea, but I bet Sarah's right; you can probably sub in a nut butter for the peanuts. Coffee extract sounds good; I'm trying to think how it would go with peanuts..

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    1. The zine fest was fun! Busy but fun.
      I couldn't really taste the coffee extract in the cookies, maybe for the better. I might as well just have left out any extract but I was so flustered because I thought we had vanilla...ah well! It's great in chocolate cake though!

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  6. Sounds as if you had an amazing food and culture day planned. Is a pop-up shop like a farmers' market that not just produce?

    This may be self-promotion, but I'm going to be shameless and direct you to my peanut butter chocolate chip cookie recipe at this post: http://missrachel.com/?p=146. Seriously these are so good. You could make them without chips too if you are so inclined.

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    1. The pop-up shop is basically artisan vegan goods - lots of truffles and baked goods, brewed kombuchas and the like. I wish it were more farmers market-y because I try not to eat too much prepared foodstuffs, but it's cute nonetheless.
      Your cookies do look good! I'll try those next time.

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  7. You don't like peanut butter? Whoa. Don't know if I've known such a person. :) And mangoes are amazing, especially the ataulfo kind.

    The whole zine fest thing is just another reason I'm envious of your location on the planet! Hope it went well, and hope that G's band rocked it! :)

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    1. Yes! These were ataulfo! I also like that they're a bit smaller so I can eat a whole one :)
      Come tour NY!

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  8. What kind of allergies do you have? I'm extremely allergic to peanuts actually. When I was a kid I couldn't even stand the smell of them without swelling up. Crazy huh? Now I can smell them but if I accidentally eat one I'll have cramps for 24h. BRR! Bad boys. And I actually given up soy as well since a couple of months and I really feel how my overall health has improved. So I can recommend it if you want to give it a try!

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    1. I have mostly respiratory wheezing and the such - also hay fever and runny eyes; it's more annoying than threatening. But yeah, some people have really bad peanut allergies; I feel sorry for you!
      Thanks for the tip on soy!

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  9. A Drummer/Cartoonist boyfriend sounds pretty damn hot. You go!

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  10. My problem with peanut butter is that I love it but it sometimes makes me feel gross. I especially love it in things like cookies, ice cream, and peanut butter cups. Oh yeah, oatmeal too. Have fun at the zine fest!

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    1. Yeah PB definitely makes me feel gross if I eat too much of it - but pb ice cream does sound good!

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  11. I love mangoes but am allergic to the skin and ever since I had a bad reaction, am afraid to touch them, so I only get them frozen in bags. :( Peanut butter I could live without, except when it's made into peanut sauce. If there's nothing to eat, I'll put it on a rice cake, but I have to be really in need of food and out of salad.

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  12. My boyfriend recently stocked up on champagne mangos - for himself, not for me - but I'm going to ransack his stash and make that beautiful, tropical fruit bowl!

    I've been wondering lately if I'm allergic to corn, but am too stubborn to find out. We just bought a popcorn maker, and eating fresh pop corn every night has been the highlight of my evening..

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